Gayle, who is in her early 80s, has held a variety of jobs including, many years as an operator for Southwestern Bell. Due to finances & a desire to get out of the house, she continues to work a part time job in the service industry. Gayle also helps out in her daughter’s health food store & volunteers in the community. She enjoys classes in the Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) at Washington University & socializing with friends from the St. Louis Village community.
“I have had an interesting life . . . I usually try anything I can at least once from barrel racing in a rodeo to flying an airplane. I have traveled from Nordkapp in Norway in the Arctic Circle to a sea plunge in Antarctica at Deception Island . . . I don't enjoy all the quiet time now. Sometimes, it gets boring as hell to listen to myself. Consequently, I’ve adopted senior cats & dogs through the years because we seniors have got to stick together. The pets are always there to greet me, & it makes me feel wanted & needed . . .
I also enjoy being with highly educated people retired from various professions. Through OLLI, I make friends & learn about topics from Chinese brush painting to archaeology. It keeps me wanting to learn more. Your mind is the original computer in the world, & I am stuffing mine full of as much info as I can – that way it keeps expanding rather than contracting.”